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Books I’ll Probably Never Read Tag

A little while ago The Orangutan Librarian did a Books I’ll Probably Never Read Tag, and I tagged myself. So here are my answers to the tag I was not officially tagged in.

(And yes, I realize this is a Friday Reads post on a Wednesday. There hasn’t been any knitting this week, so I’m putting a book tag on a Wednesday instead.)


A REALLY HYPED BOOK YOU’RE NOT INTERESTED IN READING?

In the comments for The Orangutan Librarian’s post, I said The Hate U Give. I know, it’s supposed to be a really important book, and it has an average Goodreads rating of 4.5 stars. That doesn’t make me interested in it. It sounds too real and not “fun” enough and I have no desire to do that right now (and probably ever).

However, using the same book as in the comments seems like a cop-out. So, for the purposes of this post, I’m going to use Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer. I’ve read one of Sanderson’s works, and much though it seems absolutely EVERYONE is excited about this book, I just don’t care to read any more Sanderson.

A SERIES YOU WON’T START/WON’T BE FINISHING?

This one is easy. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. Not going to start it. Nope. Not for me, thanks.

(Any one of lots of things have put me off about this series. For one, the length of each book. For two, the amount of time between book releases and the seeming indifference of the author to getting the books published. (Note, this is purely based on the time elapsed. I haven’t actually spoken with Martin, or anything.) For three, the way all the favorite characters get killed off. For four, the political intrigue. And I could go on…)

A CLASSIC THAT YOU’RE JUST NOT INTERESTED IN?

Really, anything by Charles Dickens that I haven’t already read (and some of the things that I have already read, too) but especially A Tale of Two Cities. I know, I know, important book, very quotable, history and highly rated and blah blah blah. I’m just not interested. This is not to say that I wouldn’t love it if I read it, but since I have no interest in reading it, I may never find that out. And you know what? I’m okay with that. There are so many other books out there that I am interested in reading.

ANY GENRES YOU’VE NEVER READ?

This seems to be a common answer, but it doesn’t change mine. I’ve never read a western. I have a challenge to myself to read one–just one, should be easy–but I’ve not been able to bring myself to do it.

A BOOK ON YOUR SHELVES YOU’LL PROBABLY NEVER ACTUALLY READ?

I hate to say it, but The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I want to read it, and I own it, and my mom recommended it to me when I was in college (I think? Maybe high school) since I was interested in the Arthurian legends. However, it’s been… what? 20 years? and I still haven’t cracked the cover. I might surprise myself, but I rather doubt it.


I’m not going to officially tag anyone (that feels like cheating since I wasn’t officially tagged) but if you’d like to play along please do! This is a fun tag. Just let me know about your post so that I can see what your answers were!

What you do think? Any of these books I’m not interested in that I should reconsider? Or are you one of the rare people in my circle of book readers & reviewers who has enjoyed westerns? If so, please shoot me a rec–I really do want to try a western, but I have no idea where to start.

11 thoughts on “Books I’ll Probably Never Read Tag

  1. I very much doubt *anyone* is *ever* going to get to the end of the Song of Ice and Fire series. I just don’t see any sign they’re going to be written.

  2. Yeah, I’m not interested in ‘The hate you give’ either. Just… not tempted at all^^

    I did read ‘The Mists of Avalon’ in my late teens and really enjoyed it! But not sure if I’d feel the same now..

    1. There are so many books I read as an older teen that I’m not sure I’d still enjoy if I read them now! I want to re-read some of them to find out, but others I’m content to leave as “books I enjoyed once upon a time”.

  3. I used to be gung-ho about reading Martin’s books. I had four of them in a boxed set and my friend group told me to read them and skip the show. But I’ve been told there are better fantasy books out there so I decided I didn’t care enough to read them and I gave my boxed set to a library book sale. I can always check them out or listen to them if I really want to read them, but right now, I’m good.

    1. I have several friends who love Martin’s books. But in discussing my reading preferences with them, all of these friends have told me to skip them. I’m just happy my friends aren’t trying to push a book (series) on me that they understand not everyone will enjoy.

      1. That’s a great group of friends to have! I’d hate to be pushed into reading something I wouldn’t like.

  4. I feel like not wanting to read ASOIF is totally fair. It’s sooo good but soooooo long. And I have this tag coming in a couple weeks and I say basically the exact same thing about Charles Dickens!

    1. It’s kinda a shame. I know Dickens is really highly regarded by many fans of classic lit, and I do want to read more classics. I just feel like all of his work that I’ve read so far has been similar in tone, and I’m not interested in re-visiting that (except for A Christmas Carol, which is okay partly because it’s so short).

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